Our Will to Power conditioning has driven us to believe that being-in-the-world is not enough, we need to be important in the world as well; we want to add our grain of salt and shape the world, leave our mark, become eternal through the fame contained in our individual name.
But these ideas, this anthropocentric Will to Shaping the World for Ourselves, perceiving the world through the eyes of human culture and human history, make ethical judgements about the world based on what is good for humanity, and ignoring the a priori idea that our well-being is inextricably tied to the well-being of the planet. Our reshaping of the world to suit our growing needs has scarred the ecosystem in such a way that we must now scream the interrogative – how much more reshaping can the world endure before the ecosystem that we depend on collapses?
In order to make the world comprehensible, cultures have traditionally anthropomorphised it, allowing it to speak to us in our own languages through gods and spirits. If the Earth goddess could speak with us now, surely she would complain that she did not want any more reshaping, thank you very much. If we are going to cohabitate with the world on a permanent basis we have to spend a bit more time thinking about how Mother Nature conceives existence. Our human needs NEED to be driven in a harmonising way toward the NEEDS of the world.